Driver arrested after stolen UHaul truck crashes into Revere building

REVERE, MA (WHDH) - A person is in custody after a stolen UHaul truck crashed into a building in Revere Sunday morning.

According to police, a UHaul truck being chased by police crashed into an auto body shop on Broadway in the early hours on Sunday.

The truck, which was stolen from Saugus, was wanted in connection with a robbery.

Police arrested Robert Silvia, 50 of Cambridge, on several charges including breaking and entering, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle with a revoked license, and multiple driving violations.

Officials say police responded to a burglary alarm from Santoro’s Sub-Villa on Essex Street in Saugus just after 3 a.m. Just before the alarm, a police officer said he noticed a UHaul parked outside the building.

Police responding to the alarm found glass front doors had been shattered.

Police say the chase began shortly thereafter when officers saw the UHaul on Walnut Street. As police attempted to stop the truck, it sped off, leading to a chase that ended in Revere, when the truck struck a police cruiser, then crashed into a bay door of Gulino’s Auto Body Shop.

The building immediately caught fire, with flames extending to the second floor.

Fire crews were able to quickly knock down the flames, but not before the first floor of the building received a significant amount of damage.

Officials say the building is structurally sound despite the damage.

Fire crews were initially concerned about the fire due to hazardous materials inside the auto body shop.

Silvia is in custody of Saugus Police. A police cruiser was also damaged in the incident.

The driver was not injured in the crash.

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